Some 200,000 people died in a decade of civil war in Algeria after uniformed officers rejected a popular vote for Islamists, an example some in Cairo darkly cite after the army ousted Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president on Wednesday.
Mohamed Morsi’s removal could still split Islamist groups that have entered Egyptian politics since a 2011 uprising toppled Hosni Mubarak.
Egyptian Islamists such as the Brotherhood and their erstwhile ultraconservative allies risk losing those followers, especially among the young, who conclude Egypt’s democratic experiment has failed and peaceful politics will get them nowhere.
Mursi’s National Security Adviser Essam El-Haddad wrote in a valedictory Facebook post, “The message will resonate throughout the Muslim World loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims.”
Referring to Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Morsi supporter said said: “You’ve made new mujahideen.”